With music, coffee houses and restaurants galore, Seattle’s Capitol Hill is a bustling and happening place. It’s great for people watching while you enjoy all kinds of foods, experience an author reading in a quirky bookstore or browse through a neighborhood thrift shop. And it’s all within a short stroll of Seattle University.
The area around the university has a lot going for it. You can explore a variety of live music venues, including several all-ages clubs. If music is your thing, you won’t want to miss the biggest student-supported event of the year, Quadstock, an annual all-day music and arts festival.
Sponsored by the Student Events and Activities Council, Quadstock features a carnival-like atmosphere on the campus green and a music stage where students showcase their talents.
Then the day turns into a huge main stage concert with regional and national talent. This year the lineup featured Super Mash Bros., Brother Ali, Youth Lagoon, Van & Alyosha and the Ramblin’ Years. Past performers include The Thermals, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, OK Go and Blue Scholars.
In winter quarter, there’s Battle of the Bands, an opportunity for student bands to compete for prizes and bragging rights.
You might want to dust off your dancing shoes and head over to the community Odd Fellows Hall for dance classes—hip-hop, Latin and more—no partner required. Or gear up for the next SU Dance Marathon, a 16-hour fundraiser each February that draws hundreds of dancers and all for a good cause.
Feeling hungry? Consider a night out at one of the many ethnic eateries and cafes near campus. Learn something about other cultures by sampling their foods, with Japanese, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian, German, French, Irish—you name it—among the restaurants surrounding the university.
Life at SU is enriched by what happens in and out of the classroom. There’s plenty to grab your attention in this dynamic and diverse neighborhood. Check it out.